New Year …

I’m always excited at the start of a new year. There’s something about a new class full of students – the challenge to get to know them and their quirks; the challenge to inspire and excite them about learning; and the challenge to stay creative and forward-thinking in my teaching.

I spent 5 weeks in the USA – Montana – over the holidays and had a blast! I even managed to fit in a couple of school visits which were very interesting. Kiwi teachers would find US classrooms/teaching practise very different in many ways.

I’m heading off to Learning@School in a week or so – and am very excited to be able to meet up with some more people from my twitter and blogging lists. I was there in 2007 and met Allanah, Chrissy and Simon. I’ve since met Andrew, Suzie and Rachel at another conference. This time I hope to meet Erin, Heath, Amanda, Toni and some others at the Bloggers Cafe.

I’m also watching the bushfires very closely at the moment – my brother lives in Pakenham which is south-east of Melbourne and south-ish of the Bunyip fire – what an horrific loss of life and property – and I , like many teachers, have been thinking of the schools and the children who have been lost – and when they are able to start up the gaps in classrooms.

3 thoughts on “New Year …

  • February 14, 2009 at 1:16 pm
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    I really look forward to our conferences and hopefully will get to sit down for a few minutes at the Blogger/Twitter cafe this time. Didn’t get a single opportunity down at ULearn.

  • February 14, 2009 at 3:01 pm
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    I didn’t get a chance to go to either of the BIGGIES last year – it will be good to meet up @ the cafe. I think we’ve all learned a lot and grown in our ICT-ness!

  • February 21, 2009 at 2:20 pm
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    Hi there! I really like your blog. I hope you are continuing to use and enjoy Power Teaching.

    I am Jeff Battle, the author of the classroompower.com site, and a trainer for the Power Teaching method. If you ever have any questions please feel free to ask, or share your experiences.

    In case you had not heard yet, there is a new site for Power Teaching at powerteachers.net. There is a forum there you can discuss and share with other Power Teachers.

    Have a great year!

    Jeff

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